GREEN AMERICA
PLAN 2050
A Multi-Grid Infrastructure Jobs Initiative
Les Hamasaki is the CEO of the International Green Tec...
http://greentechologyinstitute.org
Building a Smart Multi-
Grid Water, Green Power, Communications & Transportation
Networ...
GAP 2050 will also develop
Native American Villages, for
they were the pioneers in
creating sustainable villages.
GAP 2050...
millions of useful jobs while
giving the country a roadmap for
a sustainable future in the 21st
century.
The National Smar...
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  1. 1. GREEN AMERICA PLAN 2050 A Multi-Grid Infrastructure Jobs Initiative Les Hamasaki is the CEO of the International Green Technology Institute, Inc., a sustainable planning and development consultancy component of the Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA. He was a former Los Angeles City Planning and Airport Commissioner: Les Hamasaki, President & CEO * International Green Technology Institute * 323.350.5750 * LesHamasaki9@yahoo.comPage 1
  2. 2. http://greentechologyinstitute.org Building a Smart Multi- Grid Water, Green Power, Communications & Transportation Network The United States, with a population of more than 330 million people today, must accommodate an additional 128 million citizens by 2050, less than four decades from now. It must create affordable and environmentally sustainable communities for the current 65 million as well as 10,000 baby boomers retiring at 65 every day over the next 19 years. Hence, the Green America Plan 2050 (GAP 2050)- a bold plan to transport water from America's flooded Midwestern rivers to the arid and increasingly drought-stricken Southwest to provide much-needed water to the region's cities and towns, and to catalyze the development of a network of new sustainable water-oriented senior "wellness villages." The heart of the Green America Plan 2050 is a National Smart Multi-Grid - a national grid of water, green electricity, smart rail transportation, broadband telecommunications, and strategically located new roadways and railways - and the Infrastructure Jobs Initiative that will build it. The Green America Plan also includes the creation of a network of model green communities in the warm climates of the Southwest, especially to accommodate the current 65 million baby boomers and the growing number of retirees by mid-century. A new Midwest-to-Southwest Water Pipeline - of some 12 to 18 feet in diameter and hundreds of miles long - is the core of the National Smart Multi-Grid, but the grid will also implement a green electricity "smart grid" that transports solar and wind power across both regions, trading water for green power to meet President Obama’s climate change initiative. In addition, along with a rural 4G broadband network that provides high-bandwidth access to national and global e-commerce, online learning, telemedicine, mobile banking, teleconferencing, many forms of telepresence, and a literal world of information will be included in this Multi-Grid. The Green America Plan 2050 and its Infrastructure Jobs Initiative is multi-faceted in its aims, development, and details: GAP 2050 will create millions of construction jobs to rebuild and reinvest in an efficient and highly sustainable rural and urban America - now the least sustainable part of this country -- that can accommodate many of the 65 million U.S. baby boomers who as a group are already retiring poorer than their parents' generation, as well as some of America's projected overall population growth. Les Hamasaki, President & CEO * International Green Technology Institute * 323.350.5750 * LesHamasaki9@yahoo.comPage 2
  3. 3. GAP 2050 will also develop Native American Villages, for they were the pioneers in creating sustainable villages. GAP 2050 will help develop a new form of rural and urban agriculture (which increasingly will overlap with a similar form of urban agriculture) of efficient "vertical farms" engaged in volumetric low-water and hydroponic specialized crop production in large greenhouses that in some cases will be converted warehouses and unfinished high rise buildings. Some of the green villages and transition towns will include facilities and Genentech parks for clean micro- assembly plants serving the growing distributed manufacture of electric vehicles, LED components, lithium air batteries, and other new products, and factories producing assembly parts for green modular building construction. Bold and progressive public leadership will be essential to the financing of the Green America Plan and National Smart Multi-Grid, and the communities the Multi-Grid will transform, create, and empower. Private-public partnerships will be the currency of the project, initially launched by federal and state land grants for the development of new townships and by the sale of water and power. Similar in nature to the townships associated with the expansion of the railroad system during the 1800s. Other creative economic development strategies, for example, tax-increment financing, will be utilized as well. Key to the financing of this massive project is the successful launching of the proposed United States Infrastructure Bank, which will play a crucial role in enabling and sustaining this 40-year enterprise. GAP 2050 is President Obama’s American Jobs Act on steroids. Some of our country's greatest presidents have led it out of major economic and social crises, depressions, and recessions -- and through wonderful periods of great national enterprise and pride -- by creating millions of jobs while building and rebuilding America's, and even the world's infrastructure: Lincoln (the Transcontinental Railroad linking east and west), the first Roosevelt (the Panama Canal, national public works, and new federal functions), Hoover (Boulder Dam, which provided water and power to a swath of the Southwest -- as will the National Multi-Grid), the second Roosevelt (the Works Projects Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps that reforested America and created 800 parks and built thousands of roads, bridges and tunnels, and the G.I. bill that provided education and training benefits to World War II Veterans who built the U.S. suburbs and middle class), Truman (the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Europe after that war), Eisenhower (the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 a.k.a. National Interstate and Defense Highways Act that created a new national safe highway system and a Highway Trust Fund, maintained by the modest U.S. gasoline tax, to maintain it), and Kennedy (a man on the moon!). President Obama has the opportunity to provide a similar framework for creating Les Hamasaki, President & CEO * International Green Technology Institute * 323.350.5750 * LesHamasaki9@yahoo.comPage 3
  4. 4. millions of useful jobs while giving the country a roadmap for a sustainable future in the 21st century. The National Smart Multi-Grid Initiative is a bold, mixed-use jobs generator just like those deployed in America’s major economic crises of the past, visionary national projects that propelled America into the economic superpower. We've gotten soft since then. The current generation of living Americans have a chance -- and an historic planetary duty -- to transform America, the planet's premier consumption and waste economy, into a sustainable economy that provides lessons and new capabilities to the rest of the world. Let's get as close as we can, as fast as we can, to a systemically sustainable low-energy, zero-waste, zero- carbon "circle economy" that mimics and preserves the circle of life. Today's "perfect economic storm" against the backdrop of an unsustainable fossil- fueled society is the time to do it. Consider these major threats to our free market system: • Global climate change creating floods in the Midwest, hurricane floods in the Northeast, drought in the Southwest and forest fires in the West; • The end of cheap oil; • Explosive global population growth that adds another billion people every dozen years, giving us 9.5 billion human souls by mid-century; • The global food and clean water crises; • The decade-long war in Afghanistan and the continuing chaos and religious war in Iraq and Syria in the Middle East, just beginning and the continuing "war on terror"; • Our unending addictions to oil and drugs -- and the continuing "war on drugs"; • The massive $17 trillion U.S. national debt and the growing U.S. trade deficit, primarily caused by imported oil; and • Wall Street's financial crimes, shenanigans and schemes, Main Street's business failures, and too many families' foreclosed homes. We are at the end of the Industrial Revolution and the beginning of the Green Digital Revolution of information technology (IT) and green technology (GT) to create a sustainable global future. The construction of the National Smart Multi-Grid will empower unemployed Americans, especially highly skilled and disciplined returning veterans, and their communities in a large part of the central and southwestern U.S. during and for decades after its creation. America must reinvent, redesign and reengineer its economic system to put itself -- and the world and the planet -- on a road to economic, social, and environmental recovery in this decade and a sustainable future during the generations that follow. Les Hamasaki, President & CEO * International Green Technology Institute * 323.350.5750 * LesHamasaki9@yahoo.comPage 4

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